Southwest Ohio Huddle: Two-time state champion coach takes over Hamilton football program

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The Internet message boards can finally move on to another thread:
Hamilton High School has officially named its next head football coach. After the high school reportedly received about 50 applications for
the coaching vacancy, the Greater Miami Conference program finally named
Bob Jacoby as its new head coach last week.


The Internet message boards can finally move on to another thread: Hamilton High School has officially named its next head football coach.

After the high school reportedly received about 50 applications for the coaching vacancy, the Greater Miami Conference program finally named Bob Jacoby as its new head coach last week.

The Hamilton Journal-News reported last week that Jacoby was hired 25 days after his first interview, but that the athletic department never had any doubt about Jacoby.

“His reputation in Central Ohio is outstanding, and I don’t think you can find a better guy in the state,” Hamilton athletic director Mike Dellapina told the Journal-News. “But if you really want to be thorough and make sure you’re getting the best fit, it takes some time.”

Ironically, the 52-year-old Jacob is currently the head football coach at Hamilton Township in the Columbus area. Jacoby has an impressive resume in Columbus – he won two state titles with St. Francis DeSales in the late 1990s and had 13 consecutive postseason appearances from 1994-2006.

Dellapina said Jacoby has been “highly successful” and has a “proven track record” over the years. Jacoby was recommended by several high-profile coaches in the Columbus area and that certainly helped Dellapina in the search process.

Jacoby still under contract with Hamilton Township until the end of the school year, but he will begin meeting with the Big Blue this week.
 
PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Lindsay Hoskins, Middletown Madison: The senior had a game-high 20 points to lead Madison past Versailles 62-53 in the Division III regional final Saturday at Springfield, according to the Dayton Daily News. Hoskins, who has signed with Lehigh, made an assist in the second overtime to help lift the undefeated Mohawks (26-0), according to the publication. Madison plays Ironton (17-7) in a Division III state semifinal at 1 p.m. Thursday at Ohio State University’s Value City Arena.
 
TEAM OF THE WEEK

Kettering Fairmont girls’ basketball team: Fairmont will make its first trip to the Division I state final four this week, according to the Dayton Daily News. Fairmont (22-2) plays Toledo Waite at 6 p.m. Friday in a Division I state semifinal in Columbus. Fairmont defeated Greater Western Ohio Conference opponent Vandalia Butler 39-37 in the regional final on Saturday. Fairmont freshman guard Chelsea Welch had nine points and senior forward Cassie Sant had eight points for Fairmont, which has won 10 consecutive games.
 
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
 
All-state bowling teams:
Beavercreek junior Daniel Glascoe and Kenton Ridge senior Chris Via made the All-Ohio boys’ first team, according to the Ohio High School Bowling Coaches Association. Centerville senior Emily Gaines made the girls’ all-state first team.
 
Seton names soccer coach:
Dr. Ron Quinn has been named the new Seton head girls’ soccer coach. Quinn was formerly the Xavier University women’s soccer coach. From 1993-2004 and had a 134-95-16 record in 12 years.
 
Bowling Green offers Davis:
Wyoming junior defensive end Tony Davis was recently offered by Bowling Green. He also has offers from Toledo, Ohio University and Kent State.
 
Senior commits to MIT:
Seven Hills senior guard Josh Dunaway has committed to play basketball at MIT, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Dunaway averaged 6.7 points as of the Division IV district final last Friday.
 
Rose adds offer:
Centerville junior defensive end Kyle Rose reportedly added a scholarship offer from West Virginia recently, according to ScoutingOhio.com. Rose also has offers from Cincinnati, Ball State, Ohio, Buffalo and Bowling Green.
 
Stanford offers Williamson:
Dayton Dunbar junior wide receiver Roger Williamson has reportedly added an offer from Stanford, according to ScoutingOhio.com. Williamson also has offers from Toledo, Ball State, North Carolina State, Bowling Green, Ohio University, Iowa State, Akron and Buffalo.
 
ON TAP
 
Princeton vs. Moeller boys’ basketball, Wednesday, 6:15 p.m.:
These two Cincinnati-area powers meet in the Division I regional semifinals at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. Princeton (19-4), a Division I state runner-up in 2009, is led by senior guard Jordan Sibert, who had 26 points in a district final win over Kettering Fairmont. Moeller is led by senior forward Griffin McKenzie, who has signed to play Xavier.
 
La Salle vs. St. Xavier, boys’ basketball, 8 p.m. Wednesday:
These two teams split the regular-season series during the Greater Catholic League South division schedule. La Salle finished as the No. 1 team in the Cincinnati Enquirer area coaches’ poll. The Lancers are led by juniors Brandon Neel and Ryan Fleming. St. X is led by senior forward Luke Massa, who has signed with Notre Dame for football.
 
Colerain vs. Columbus Northland, boys’ basketball, 7 p.m. Thursday:
Colerain travels to the Columbus Fairgrounds Coliseum to play the reigning Division I state champions. Colerain defeated Clayton Northmont 69-63 in the district final last weekend. Colerain is led by senior forwards Ken Kunkel and Ben Vonderhaar.
 
Lacrosse season about to begin:
Monday (March 22) marks the start of the high school lacrosse season in Ohio. The girls’ teams from Cincinnati Sycamore and Cincinnati Anderson were Divisions I and III state champions, respectively, during the 2009 season.

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